Divine Liturgy in English every Saturday at 9am.
St Andrew Russian Orthodox Church
6465 54th Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Tropar - Tone 4
With thy virtues, as with the rays of the sun, thou didst enlighten the unbelieving philosophers; and like the most radiant moon shining on those who walk at night, thou didst drive away the darkness of unbelief. Thou didst bring the empress to faith and didst denounce the tyrant, O divinely elect bride. O blessed Catherine, with desire thou didst make haste to the heavenly bridal chamber, to Christ the most comely Bridegroom, and by Him has thou been crowned with a royal crown. Standing with the angels before Him, do thou pray for us who keep thy most honored memory.
Kondak - Tone 2
O ye who love the martyrs, raise up an honored chorus in godly manner; honoring the most wise Catherine; for in the arena she preached Christ and trod upon the serpent, putting down the knowledge of the rhetors.
His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York
Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan
Christ is in our midst!
This weekend we will be blessed with the opportunity, the privilege of bowing down before the precious wood of the Cross. On the day of the Exultation of the Cross we commemorate the finding of the precious Tree of Life by the Empress Helena, as well as it’s return to Jerusalem, as Cross had been pillaged by the Persians. After defeating the Persians 14 years later, the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius bore the Cross on his back but was prevented from entering Jerusalem by an angel of God, for it was unbefitting for him to bear the Cross into the Holy City in his royal garb where the Lord had walked barefoot and humiliated. He bore the Cross into the city in ragged attire. A precious lesson in humility.
We have a similar feast of the Cross midway through the great fast, the season many consider to be the most joyous and beneficial of the year. We bow down before the Cross in the midst of the fast to encourage us in our struggle to complete the fast, which culminates with our Lord’s Crucifixion and Resurrection. Likewise, as we are approximately at the halfway point to the next lenten journey, we have the Cross the fall down before in worship, encouraging us to continue in our struggle against sin and the passions and to renew our zeal in keeping the commandments of Christ the Lord Who said: If you love Me, keep My commandments.
Let us recall the glory and splendor of Him Who willingly embraced the Cross because of His unfathomable love for us. It is the sign of the Son of Man, the banner of His victory over sin, death and the devil. But let us also be reminded that the wood of the Cross is composed of our own sins. May we also recall that it was at this great and glorious feast of the Exultation of the Cross that our Mother among the Saints, Mary of Egypt, was prevented from entering into the Church to venerate the Cross and that, coming to her senses, she repented from the bottom of her heart and served God for the rest of her days, keeping His life-giving commandments. May we join her and all the saints in repentance and loving and serving Christ.
Please keep in mind that we now celebrate the Divine Liturgy in English on Saturdays. You have been wonderfully faithful in your attendance. Invite others as the opportunity presents itself.
Our weekly Bible Study has resumed. We are discussing the Epistle of James.
Please pray for all those who are ill, especially with coronavirus, and those working for their salvation (recovery).
Saturday, September 26 - The Forefeast of the Exultation. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, September 27 - The Exultation of the Cross. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Saturday, October 3 - The Saturday after the Exultation. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, October 4 - The Apodosis of the Exultation of the Cross. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Saturday, October 10 - Martyr Callistratus his companions of Carthage. Divine Liturgy in English at 9am. Vigil at 5pm.
Sunday, October 11 - The Venerable Cheriton the Confessor. Divine Liturgy at 10am.
Reminder: We are concelebrating with Fr. Igor and the faithful of St. Andrew's Russian Orthodox Church, - 6465 54th Ave. N., - St. Petersburg, whose gracious hospitality is ever appreciated.
If you live in the greater Tampa Bay area and are interested in Orthodoxy or would like to help in establishing a traditional Orthodox parish in English
please call 727-239-9186 and leave a message or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'd love to hear from you!
Fr. Stephen Zaremba
We are convinced that many today earnestly seek the ancient Christian Faith. It does not need to be rediscovered or reinvented. It is here -now. Always has been, always will be. It is our conviction that there are many who seek the true Life, the true Light, who seek to receive the heavenly Spirit, to worship the undivided Trinity. They are unknowingly Orthodox in heart; they yearn for Orthodoxy yet do not know that it even exists.
The Orthodox Faith is what has been believed by everyone everywhere from the beginning. It is not a religion, it is a way of life, it is life in Christ. It is open to all.
Why the Russian Orthodox Church? Because the Russian Orthodox Church has a rich history of missionary work, spreading the Gospel of Christ throughout the world.
Several Russian Orthodox Saints worked to enlighten America with the Gospel of Christ, beginning in Alaska where a great multitude of native Alaskans were brought to Christ. Among them are St. Herman of Alaska, St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Apostle to
Twenty- nine thousand churches have been opened in twenty-eight years. That’s one thousand a year or three a day. Russia is rediscovering it’s rich Christian heritage and once again becoming a Christian country.
This rekindling of Russian Orthodox piety is resulting in the renewal of missionary ferver throughout the world.
Being the one Holy, Catholic (which means universal and should not be confused with being Roman) and Apostolic Church, the Orthodox Church has always sought to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And while the Orthodox Church is often associated with the ethnic communities who brought the Faith with them from their homelands, one does not need to be Russian, Greek, Serbian, Syrian or any other ethnicity. One only needs the desire to embrace the Gospel, to encounter Christ.
We are looking for persons/families who wish to learn to live the life in Christ and form an Orthodox Christian community in the St. Petersburg, FL area. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Stephen at or call him at 727-239-9186.
As Philip once told Nathaniel: Come and see!
America, St. Innocent of Alaska and St. Jacob of Alaska (a native Alaskan). This was, of course, before the onslaught of godless communism, but has been rediscovered after the collapse of communism as churches are being renewed, rebuilt and new ones opened throughout Russia.
The following was a letter to the Roman Emperor Hadrian (d.138AD) from the Athenian Orator Aristides in which he depicts how the Early Christians lived. This is how Christianity conquered the world. This is how it will do so again...
“The Christians know and trust God…They placate those who oppress them and make them their friends; they do good to their enemies. Their wives are absolutely pure, and their daughters modest. Their men abstain from unlawful marriage and are free from all impurity: If any of them have bondwomen or children, they persuade them to become Christians for the love they have toward them; and when they become so, they call them without distinction brothers…They love one another: They do not refuse to help the widows. They rescue the orphan from him who does him violence. He who has, gives ungrudgingly to him who has not. If they see a stranger; they take him to their dwellings and rejoice over him as over a real brother; for they do not call themselves brothers after the flesh, but after the Spirit and in God…If any one among them is poor and needy; and they do not have food to spare, they fast for two or three days, that they may supply him with necessary food. They scrupulously obey the commands of their Messiah. Every morning and every hour they thank and praise God for His loving-kindness toward them…Because of them there flows forth all the beauty that there is in the world. But the good deeds they do, they do not proclaim in the ears of the multitude, but they take care that no one shall perceive them. Thus they labor to become righteous…Truly, this is a new people and there is something divine in them.”